from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of various clear or colored synthetic coatings made by dissolving nitrocellulose or other cellulose derivatives together with plasticizers and pigments in a mixture of volatile solvents and used to impart a high gloss to surfaces.
- n. A glossy, resinous material, such as the exudation of the lacquer tree, used as a surface coating.
- n. A finish that is baked onto the inside of food and beverage cans.
- transitive v. To coat with lacquer.
- transitive v. To give a sleek, glossy finish to.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A glossy, resinous material used as a surface coating; either a natural exudation of certain trees, or a solution of nitrocellulose in alcohol, etc.
- n. A similar finish, baked onto the inside of cans.
- v. To apply a lacquer to something or to give something a smooth, glossy finish.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A varnish, consisting of a solution of shellac in alcohol, often colored with gamboge, saffron, or the like; -- used for varnishing metals, papier-maché, and wood. The name is also given to varnishes made of other ingredients, esp. the tough, solid varnish of the Japanese, with which ornamental objects are made.
- transitive v. To cover with lacquer.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Lac as used in dyeing.
- n. An opaque varnish containing lac, properly so called.
- n. Decorative work colored and then varnished so as to produce a hard, polished appearance like that of enamel.
- n. A resinous varnish obtained from the Rhus vernicifera by making incisions in the bark.
- n. Lacquer-ware; articles of wood which have been ornamented by coating with lacquer.
- To varnish; treat or decorate with lacquer.
- n. crude lacquer, the sap of the Rhus vernicifera of Japan.
- n. lacquer colored with lampblack, used for drawing fine lines in the shading of feathers, hair, etc., on gold lacquer.
- n. a variety of Japanese lacquer with small gold fiakes in irregular clusters. See nashiji lacquer.
- n. a pure lacquer freed from water, exposed to the light, and stirred till it becomes black: used as a basis, or undercoating, on which the finishing lacquer is afterward placed.
- n. a variety of Japanese lacquer sprinkled with gold, in imitation of the skin of a pear. Also called a venturin lacquer.
- n. a pure lacquer to which has been added water which had been used with a whetstone and contains fine particles of the stone in suspension: used on cheap ware.
- n. a variety of Japanese lacquer of a pure black or greenish-black color.
- n. a dark-green varnish made by adding to branchlacquer a small proportion of tooth-dye, which is prepared by boiling rice-vinegar in which iron filings have been placed, and by afterward exposing it to the rays of the sun for several days.
- n. a variety of Japanese lacquer produced by mixing oil with the sap of the lacqner-tree (Rhus vernicifera). It is of a yellowish color and needs no polishing. When applied to furniture, being transparent, it shows the natural grain of the wood beneath.
- n. a Japanese lacquer of a pure red color: same as coral or vermilion lacquer (which see, under coral).
- n. a red lacquer which requires no final polishing. See shunuri lacquer.
- n. a red cinnabar lacquer with carved decoration, made in China.
- n. a variety of Japanese lacquer with marbled or veined effects in various colors.
- n. varnish obtained from the branches of the lacquer-tree; branch-lacquer. See seshime lacquer, under lacquer.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a hard glossy coating
- v. coat with lacquer
- n. a black resinous substance obtained from certain trees and used as a natural varnish
Obsolete French lacre, sealing wax, from Portuguese, from lacca, resin of the lac insect, from Arabic lakk; see lac.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French lacre ("a sort of sealing wax"), from Portuguese laca, lacca ("gum lac"); see lac. (Wiktionary)